Beacon School District Adds Vote Boxes (Updated)

Ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on June 9

Update (June 7): Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would sign an order extending the deadline for districts to receive absentee ballots by mail from June 9 to June 16.

Because of an envelope shortage that delayed the mailing of absentee ballots, the Beacon City School District will install secure drop boxes at three locations for residents to cast their votes by the June 9 deadline. 

Voters are being asked to consider a proposed $76 million budget, return three board members to office for new terms, and weigh a proposed $1.24 million budget and five trustee seats for the Howland Public Library district. 

As part of restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, the state required school and library districts to conduct their budget votes and trustee elections by absentee ballot. However, the Beacon district was one of about 50 in the state where delivery of the ballots was delayed because the firm in charge of the mailings ran short of envelopes. 

Absentee ballots were mailed to about 15,000 registered district voters on Tuesday (June 2), Superintendent Matt Landahl said, and should be in mailboxes by the end of the week. Completed ballots must be received by the district by 5 p.m. on June 9, creating a tight window for those dropped in the mail. 

The district set up the drop boxes at Beacon High School, Glenham Elementary School and at the district’s administrative offices at 10 Education Drive. They will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (June 5) and Monday (June 8), and from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The Education Drive box also will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday (June 6).

Haldane and Garrison votes

For the Haldane district, absentee ballots that would not arrive in time by mail can be dropped at the district office on June 8 or June 9 from noon to 5 p.m. Garrison ballots will be accepted by mail only.

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